For PhD students and postdocs, a strong professional network is be one of your most important assets.  In fact, the Office of Career Strategy recommends that you spend a significant portion of your career development efforts towards developing professional connections.  Networking gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about careers, job functions and workplace cultures
  • Build your communications and interviewing skills
  • Develop your professional narrative and practice explaining the relevance of your skill set
  • Ask questions about the most important skills in your career of interest so that you can strategically build those skills while at Yale
  • Get on the inside track to hiring decisions; numerous studies report that the percentage of jobs gotten through networking is surprisingly high.